Description: "Big Talk" (Gabby) is a 15.3 h 5yr Tb mare. She is well started on the flat and over fences. She has three quality gaits and is proving to be a talented jumper. She is brave to her fences and has been jumping 2'3" with fillers. Has been out hacking both alone and in groups and is very bold. She has all the makings of a very talented event horse. Trailers, clips, ties. Sound with no vices. Gabby is owned by Canter Mid Atlantic and is in training with Margaret Thomas of KCG Sport Horses. All of her training, including progress photos and video has been documented in our blog: http://www.kcgsporthorses.com/canter-blog.html.
OCALA UPDATE: TUESDAY 1/31
So I would update you on results from Rocking Horse....but 1. Coren already beat me. And 2. I was too busy running back and forth from Slocala to Altoona with trailer-loads of ponies, dodging bears on state route 19 to notice who finished where.
I did notice however, a few people forgot their hair nets. Lots of long braids flowing in the wind cross country. Maybe this look is making a comeback?? Or maybe you better tuck in those tresses before they get caught on the bounce bank.
This week things start gettin crazy. US and Canadian training sessions take place beginning Wednesday. I love training sessions. We are all looking forward to seeing North America's most exciting pairs for the first time in 2012. I also am excited for cheese sandwiches (hint hint Sarah Ike). I will make sure I take lots of pictures as soon as I get my EN issued state of the art long lens camera from John - due in the mail any day now. If I took anything from last years training sessions, it was a direct quote from CMP of which I look in the mirror every day and say to myself, "Ride like a Ty-ga."
In after-hours news - a bar opened up down the street from HITS, of which of course we all must go to. Think: one overly excited DJ, one large chested bartender, a cute cocktail waiter named Rob, and some end-of-the-competition-
In groom fitness news- Dana Cooke (Rebecca Howard's right hand woman) and myself have recently committed to a boxing class at a gym down the street. She and I are currently typing on our computers, arms fatiguing and fingers trembling with every keystroke. But, we will be ripped.
That is all for now.
PS: Young Sarah had the day off yesterday and slept for its entirety. Just thought I would mention this impressive, yet slightly concerning teenage behavior. Sarah also is getting excited for CMPs return to Ocala (see photo above).
Being given the opportunity to go to Derby Cross as a groom was great in itself, but getting to go and being able to see the behind the scenes part, and the actual show was awesome!
When we first arrived to the show grounds we of course got lost, but we did get a nice tour of the hunter show barns. They were very tidy. When we finally found where we were supposed to be we got straight to work with cleaning the tack and the horses for the show. I only managed to memorize one of the horse's names and that was Big Mama, she did keep true to her name. Once all the horses where tacked and riders were dressed, we set off to the ring.
Everything at warm up was crazy with horses everywhere you looked and riders walking in every direction. You could definitely see the difference in the riders from the ground to the warm up to the show ring. It was very much amazing. One by one the riders went in and out and you would hold your breath to hear what was going. Finally the last rider came out and we were done. I don't think we even left the venue until around 11pm. We were tired, sweaty, and hungry. I have to say that it was just amazing to get to see all of that and be part of it. For a thank you, we got Derby Cross shirts with all the team logos on it and even a gold number one on the arm. Thank you Rebecca for the shirt.
After our time of working at Derby Cross was up, we spent the night in West Palm. The next day we decided to take a tour of Palm Beach. We saw everything from trapeze lessons to a massive meditation/yoga class. It was interesting to see that much in one place. Alas, we did have to come back and continue working with our horses. I missed him a lot. It was back to our normal schedule the next day.
As of right now, I don't have to do any school work because I just transferred from regular high school to Penn Foster online school. So they are just waiting on all my grades to come in and send me transcripts. At the barn, I ride, clean my horse and then the tack, and then I help out with whatever needs to be done around the barn and whatever I am asked to do I will do it. Then it's back home to eat, shower, and sleep to wake up and get started the next day and to be ready for anything.
Last weekend, we went to Palm Beach to groom at Derby Cross for Jessica and Rebecca. It was very fun and a great experience! Everyone on the Omega Alpha team did great! They finished fourth. The polo players from the teams were fun! They galloped their courses and jumped everything really fast - 48 seconds for their rounds. If they jumped the joker fence they had 10 seconds deducted to make their round 38 seconds long. It was crazy!
Saturday we hung out around Palm Beach. We didn't expect it to be 80 degrees when we woke up. Needless to say we were a bit over dressed. We spent the day just driving around all over Palm Beach. We saw some occupiers camping out in front of a bank. We also watched someone taking a flying trapeze lesson (which was pretty cool). I didn't realize how big yachts were either. But they are huge! There were a lot of yacht clubs it was pretty funny. It was like everywhere you would turn there was a yacht club. During our "tour" we were trying to find a nice looking seafood restaurant. That didn't happen so we ended up in Singer Beach, and by then we were starving. We could smell something really good and it was coming from the Two Drunken Goats. Afterwards, we went over to the beach. The water was so warm! I just wish I had brought my swim suit with me.
It was back to the grind on Sunday. I had my second no stirrup jumping lesson on Sunday. Which wasn't too bad, it is starting to not feel so discombobulated. I'm definitely not as sore as I was the first day. I decided to run a mile the next day which really sucked! But I worked through the soreness.
We went cross country schooling last Monday at Kyle Carter's. He has a great place. I started without stirrups which went well. Harley was such a good boy! He loves to do cross country.
I'm back to doing school again. We took a week off to just get settled in. My school hours are from 9-12 which isn't bad. I'm in the ninth grade and I've been homeschooled since the 2nd grade. Being homeschooled has definitely allowed me to do more with riding and competing. I definitely wouldn't have been able to come to Ocala if I were in a traditional school.
To answer your questions that you guys left on our last blog. I get 2-3 lessons a week. These may be with Rebecca here at the farm, a schooling lesson somewhere else, or with another upper level eventer. Rebecca and I set up Harley's schedule at the beginning of each week, so I know exactly what I need to be working on each day, whether that's by myself or with an instructor. I just ride Harley unless Rebecca asks me to ride another one. Last week I rode Margret on a trot set. She really hates the bugs that fly at her. It can be quite comical actually. The first week we were here we stayed after we rode. We worked from about 1-4 each day helping around the farm/barn with various things. I'm studying for my Pony Club C2 rating so everyone has been quizzing me and helping me to prep after I get my riding finished for the day.
For several years, the Official Rolex Site (rk3de.com) has featured several riders on their quest leading up to Rolex CCI****. This year's blog participants are James Alliston, Jan Bynny, and Doug Payne (as Lacy mentioned in this morning's N&N post). The riders' first posts published, introducing themselves and their horses. Doug is aiming for his first four star, with Running Order. James is returning to Rolex with both horses, after finishing 14th on Parker and 17th on Jumbo's Jake last year. Jan is preparing Syd Kent and Inmidair for Rolex, and talks about her journey to Rolex through the years.
Rolex is 86 days away from today. Time to start saving up for the trade fair! Not that I really *need* anything, but you know some deals are just too hard to pass by! Fingers crossed for another year of great weather and good times. Stay tuned to EN for all your Rolex needs!
Description: Woodlands Cloud Cruiser "Cruiser" 14.1h, 11 yr. Welsh/TB is a Super talented, sweet natured pony. Very experienced, gone BN and would be an exceptional jumper, excels in dressage. Impeccable ground manners, always willing, comes you you in the pasture. One in a million Pony! More pics available on request.
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